4C’s Presentation: Counternarratives, Social Justice, and College Composition

Note: This post is subject to updates through this Friday, May 25th! This Friday I’ll be presenting at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, which VCU will be hosting for the second year. My topic this year is “Counternarratives in the Classroom: Rethinking College Composition as Storytelling for Social …

RPS walk in, 7:55am on May 8th

Virginia public schools have been defunded, eliminating essential support staff like nurses and social workers, driving up suspensions and judicial referrals, emptying classrooms of supplies, degrading infrastructure, and reducing outcomes for students and families. Virginia public colleges and universities have also been defunded, reducing expenditures on instruction, converting staff into …

The federal government has announced they’re no longer supporting 2016 guidance to schools on the rights of transgender students. Below is a summary from Trans Equality of what this means. A screenreader accessible summary is available online at the Trans Equality website. The Washington Post has a fairly substantial summary of this …

Breakbeat Poetry

This week my Culture | Counterculture class is set to start reading The Breakbeat Poets, which offers me something I haven’t had in a while: poetry. I spent a lot of my younger life on poetry, but the past few years have left me uncertain where we stand. Poetry first took me to …

I am ready for spring semester.

That is not to say I’m prepared! I have a huge pile of things to do: an article that needs revised, a syllabus that needs completed, 3 units of work to design, ASPiRE programming to organize, etc. etc.. I’m, though, really ready to get things going. My Department had its winter institute yesterday, …

a short guide to Friere

“Freire (1988) called for a pedagogy that leaves behind what he calls the ‘banking’ concept of schooling, in which students become depositories for a set knowledge imposed by teachers.  He asserted the need to replace this concept of schooling with one in which the purpose of education is to empower students for personal and social transformation; the curriculum is always connected to the concrete issues of the student’s life; critical thinking is a way of finding one’s own voice within the individual/social dialogue; critical understanding is a foundational process in meaning-making in one’s own life; and critical and creative consciousness are reunited in imaging a moral vision for a more fully human life.” – Sherry B. Shapiro

This unbelievable helpful summary of Freire was sent to me by a colleague. So simple.

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Pedagogy and the Politics of the Body:  A Critical Praxis.  NY: Garland, 1999.  14. Print.